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Registering a death

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You need to register the death in the district where it took place within 5 days.

The Rochdale Coroner's Office covers the areas of Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. If the Coroner is involved and the death takes place in either Rochdale, Bury or Oldham you'll be required to contact the relevant Register Office.

Register a death in Rochdale - ring 01706 924784 to make an appointment ​​

 Register a death in Bury

Register a death in Oldham​​

How to register a death and what to bring 

  1. Make an appointment.
  2. Bring the medical certificate issued by the doctor to the appointment. Without this the registrar will not be able to register the death. If the death has been reported to the Coroner’s Office the coroner will advise you what to do.
  3. It's helpful if you can bring the following items to the appointment:
    • The deceased person’s birth certificate or passport
    • The deceased person’s marriage certificate if they were married
    • The deceased person’s medical card
  4. At the appointment you'll be given a copy of register page. Please check it's correct. If you find a mistake after it's signed you'll need to apply for a correction and pay a fee.
  5. Sign the register page. 

 Find out more about what to do after someone dies at GOV.UK

How much will it cost?

If you purchase a standard death certificate at the time of registration, the fee is £4. 

If you find a mistake after the register page has been signed you will need to apply for a correction and pay a fee. The fee will be £75 or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.

How to get to the Rochdale Register Office

Ro​​​chdale Town Hall has plenty of parking. It's a quick walk from the transport interchange and is easy to get to by bus, tram, train or car.

Notifying organisations of a change in circumstances - Tell us once

When you register a death we can tell government departments and local authority services about the death through our 'Tell us Once' service. The service is free and you can choose which organisations will be told. 

When you ring to make an appointment to register a death you'll be offered this service.

Organisations we can notify​

Government servicesCouncil services
Department for Work and PensionsBlue Badges
The Pension ServiceAdult Care Services
Disability and Carers ServiceChildren's Services
Jobcentre PlusCollection of payment for Council services
HM Revenue & CustomsLicensing
Child BenefitElectoral Services
Tax CreditsCouncil Tax/Business rates
Identity and Passport ServiceHousing and Local Council Tax Support

Information you'll need for the 'Tell us Once' service

  • Their National Insurance number and date of birth
  • Details of any benefits or services they were receiving.
  • Their death certificate.
  • Their driving licence or driving licence number.
  • Their passport or passport number.
  • Their Blue Badge.

We may also ask for information about:

  • Their next of kin, including their national insurance number.
  • Any surviving husband, wife or civil partner.  
  • Anybody who is getting child benefit on their behalf.
  • The person dealing with the estate.

You must obtain the agreement of the next of kin or person dealing with the estate if you're going to provide information about them. 

How we treat your information

We'll treat all the information you give us securely. The organisations we give your information to will use it to update records; to initiate or end services, benefits and entitlements as appropriate; and to resolve any outstanding issues. They may use the information we give them in other ways, but only as the law allows.​


01706 924784

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.
Fax: 0844 963 2314

Rochdale Register Office
Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday and Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage - by prior appointment only